Saturday, 16 of October of 2021

How Live Scan Works


Introduction to the California Live Scan Process

California was one of the earliest states to implement the Live Scan system in 1997. A Live Scan is simply a digitized fingerprint taken for a background check. Employers have used Live Scan services for years to help maintain a  safe work environment. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies use Live Scan technology.


Who is Required to Get a Live Scan?

Chances are, if you are applying for a professional license or will be working with children or the elderly you will be required to be fingerprinted for purposes  of conducting a criminal record check.  Every state has different requirements. The California Board of Registered Nursing requires fingerprinting and background checks and recommends Live Scan fingerprinting over the manual fingerprinting process.  EMTs, nurses, caregivers, contractors, consultants and many others require official Live Scan fingerprints and background checks.


How Live Scans Work

Your fingerprints are processed electronically and transmited  immediately to the central computers at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for processing. The Live Scan process gets results to employers and licensing agencies within days. The California Department of Justice keeps fingerprints on file and and notifies the agencies you work with if you have any convictions on an ongoing basis.


Certified Live Scan Technicians

Only certified fingerprint rollers can take your fingerprints. Many office supply and postal stores offer fingerprint services, although fingerprinting is not their specialty. Law enforcement agencies do have Live Scan equipment, however, you may not experience fast or convenient service. Dedicated Live Scan operators specialize in fingerprinting only and have extensive experience taking digital and manual fingerprints.  In California, fingerprinting must be done by certified rollers or qualified law enforcement personnel. To become certified by the Department of Justice to take fingerprints, Live Scan technicians must submit to  a State and Federal background check.


Benefits of Live Scan over Manual Fingerprinting and Time Required for a Live Scan

Using the Live Scan process instead of manual fingerprinting can speed up the licensing process. Processing time at the Department of Justice and FBI varies. Generally, it takes 1-2 weeks for Live Scans to be processed versus 1-2 months if they are done the old fashioned way.  

The entire process takes only minutes to roll your fingerprints and electronically transmit them to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) and the Child Abuse Index (CACI) if applicable.  As stated above, some providers have other services as well as fingerprints and this could affect wait time and accuracy.


Mobile Fingerprinting Services

Mobile Live Scan Services are popular throughout Southern California. These convenient events allow employers, schools, hospitals and other private and public agencies to process hundreds and even thousands of fingerprints in one day. Arranging for a mobile live scan session is easy, efficient and reduces any disruption to your business or processes.


Employer Services – Client Accounts

Client Accounts streamline fingerprint processing for an employer, agency or private company. We can set up a billing account and help you with reports. Setting up a Client Account may be the most cost-effective method for ongoing Live Scan needs.


How AAA Live Scan San Diego is Different

AAA Live Scan technicians are trained to take flawless fingerprints and protect your personal information. This is our business. We are a dedicated Live Scan operation. Please do not trust your Live Scan to stores that do not specialize in Live Scan Services or who offer Live Scans as one of many busy services.  Trusting your Live Scan to fingerprint rollers that are not experienced or who cannot concentrate in a busy environment could delay your results and cost you extra time and money.